The history of New Orleans has long fascinated Albion College French professor Dianne Guenin-Lelle. After all, she was born and raised there, and lived there for the better part of 30 years. Her recent book, The Story of French New Orleans: History of a Creole City, describes the fractious, diverse, unusual history of the city and how, in many ways, it is so different from most other American cities. And during her research, she came across an unexpected connection.
Centered on Community
Albion College offers four-year tuition, room and board to as many as 10 first-year students who are Albion residents and attended Albion Public Schools in grades 6-8. Learn about the Build Albion Fellows Program
President Ditzler talks about the initiative on WBCK-FM
Reopening the Bohm: Read about a landmark internship for Andrea Walles, '15
Albion College's Sister City efforts earn a national award
Watch an expert panel discuss "Albion Tomorrow"
Listen to the Town & Gown podcast series
"When I first heard that there was a 16-year-old autistic race car driver, I was amazed," says Queana Langston, '18, whose recent Ford Institute internship was inspired by the story of driver Armani Williams. Langston first learned about Williams and the Race4Autism Foundation through her uncle, who was hired to shoot a documentary about the nonprofit. "I wanted to work there out of the goodness of my heart," Langston says, realizing later that an internship would both benefit her Albion studies and allow her to apply certain skills on behalf of the foundation's goals.
Students from six different high schools in southern Michigan got a day off from school in May to compete in Albion College's first W. Keith Moore Math Competition. The students competed both as individuals and teams, with pencil-and-paper quizzes and even a math scavenger hunt that took them across campus.
"It was sobering to be away from society," says aspiring marine biologist Amanda Quasunella, '17, who developed skills in leadership, teamwork and research during her six-week spring voyage in the South Pacific as part of her Sea Education Association SEA Semester experience. "One of my favorite parts of the voyage was the ability to get away from technology. It pushed me to know people on another level." Quasunella, who is also on the women's soccer team, surveyed the abundance and diversity of zooplankton, adding, "The opportunity to study abroad is one of the reasons why I came to Albion."
Biology and mathematics major Stephanie Thurner, '17, is taking the next step toward her goal of forging a career in marine biology this summer. The member of the Albion volleyball team has been digging in muddy eel grass beds in Anacortes, Wash., to carry out her own research funded by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates.
"As a parts intern with AIS Construction Equipment this summer, I have had the opportunity to operate many pieces of heavy equipment. Without question the John Deere 470G LC excavator is my favorite," says Gerstacker Institute member David Brown, '18. "Standing at 40 feet tall and weighing in at 45 tons with a price tag of $400,000, it's a beast. Most Fridays I'm out on the AIS New Hudson branch's test site. It's easy to say I have some fun doing my internship."
- Britons in Fast Lane as Interns at Roush
- Cardiology and College Credit at Albion's First 'Camp Med'
- For Tom Poirier, '69, His Journey of Discovery Was Worth It
- Boston Seminar Proves Eye-Opening for Two History Students
- Psychology's Mareike Wieth Flies High with Media
- 101 N. Superior Project to Become The Ludington Center
- Albion Launches Second NEA Big Read Grant
- Students Gain Valuable Insights at National Leadership Conference
- Dussel, '17, Tackles Interpreting Nature
- Albion-to-Marshall Project a Finalist in Ford College Community Challenge